Month: March 2018

House Fire Claims Life

On Saturday March 24 at approximately 11:15 pm the Levy County Sheriff’s Office and the Levy County Department
of Public Safety (DPS), along with multiple fire units responded to 11830 NE 81
Terrace to multiple 911 calls about a structure fire. Fire and law enforcement officials
arrived to find a single wide mobile home fully engulfed in flames. Witnesses
on scene told responding units that there was still a person inside the home. This
person, identified as 79 year old Bronson resident Felix Shackelford, was
unable to escape and did succumb to the fire. 
Witness reported Shackelford had been working on a propane
space heater earlier in the day and when he lit it, it exploded. Shackelford
attempted to extinguish the flames and was trapped inside the home. His wife,
Margaret, was able to escape. Their son, Author Carroza, had been working on a
vehicle in the yard and had taken the vehicle on a test run when the fire
started. He attempted to gain entry into the home after the fire started, but
was not able to locate his father inside due to the extreme heat. 
The Florida State Fire Marshal responded to assist in the investigation
with the LCSO. The fire has been deemed accidental. The Red Cross has been
contacted and is assisting the family.

Drugs are Dangerous – In more ways than one.

Honestly folks, we don’t make these stories up for the fun
of it. Truth can be, and usually is, stranger than fiction.
LCSO deputies responded to a robbery report last night at
11:50 pm in the University Oaks Subdivision east of Bronson. The victim, a 17
year old, reported he was jumped by unknown assailants and robbed of
approximately one ounce of marijuana. Here is how his story unfolded.
The 17 year old was contacted by a mutual friend through
Snap Chat. This mutual friend was bartering a deal to sell 7 grams of marijuana
for a third party friend. The deal was supposed to happen on the side of the
road near the 17 year old’s home. Our enterprising 17 year old told his buddy
he had an ounce and “if” this guy wanted to pay for it, he could buy the whole amount. 
Our young, street level pharmaceutical representative snuck
from his room while under the watchful eye of his father and was on his way to
being rich. This is when he ran a-foul of two hoodie clad robbers. These
unidentified thugs beat up our would-be-seller and took his whole ounce of
ill-gotten herbal goodness, leaving him with a black eye and a bruised ego.
To answer your question, yes, this is a robbery. And, yes,
we would have arrested the people responsible if found. We truly believe the
fruit of the crime has gone up in smoke, but if it hasn’t the robbers would
also be charged with possession of marijuana. As for our young victim, he too
could be charged with dealing in drugs. This investigation is on-going and
anyone with information that could help us restore his street cred, we would be
forever in your debt. 
Tips can be given directly to our Drug Task Force
Investigators by calling 352-486-5111 or those who to wish remain anonymous can
call Crimestoppers at 1-877-349-8477.

Located – Missing Rosewood Child Found

Missing Child Todd Watson has been located.

Todd Watson, the 2 year old toddler who wandered from his home earlier today in Rosewood has been located. Law enforcement from the Levy County Sheriff’s Office, the Florida Department of Corrections Cross City K-9, the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office Aviation Unit, Marion County Air 1, Taylor County CI and the approximately 200 volunteers searched the wooded area near the child’s home located at 9730 SW 67 Street in Rosewood.

Todd was found safe and is currently being evaluated by EMS.

The LCSO and Sheriff McCallum want to offer our sincere thanks to all of the volunteers who offered their time and extraordinary efforts and neighboring agencies who helped to make this a successful community effort.

Search for Missing Rosewood Child Continues

Todd Watson, the missing toddler from Rosewood, Florida is still missing. Todd was followed by his beloved dog (pictured). Anyone having current information that would assist us in finding Todd is urged to contact the Levy County Sheriff’s Office at 352-486-5111 or call 911.

There are currently several law enforcement agencies on scene and the are actively searching. Volunteers are asked to check in with law enforcement on scene. Please do not start searching on your own. Your efforts could impede current law enforcement search efforts.

Community Assistance Needed- Attention Rosewood

Levy County Deputies are currently in the area of 9730 SW 67
Street in Rosewood attempting to locate a missing 2 year old child. The mother
called 911 shortly after 12:30 when she could not locate the toddler. The child
wandered away from the home while the mother was doing chores.
The missing child is Todd Watson. He is 2 years old and was
last seen wearing jean shorts and a red tank top with black trim. He was not
wearing shoes. He is approximately 2’5” tall and weighs 24 pounds. Todd has blonde
hair and has blue eyes.
The LCSO has our K-9 and other deputies in the area
searching. Sheriff McCallum has requested the assistance of the Citrus County
Sheriff’s Office Aviation Unit to help with this search. The CCSO Air One is
currently in the area searching.  The
LCSO has also requested the assistance of the Cross City Department of Corrections
Blood Hound K-9 Team and they are on the way.

Any person who has information which could help
us locate Todd is asked to immediately call 352-486-5111.